2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Overview
Hyundai’s lineup of SUVs might be limited, but the utility vehicles that the automaker does offer are efficient, affordable, and versatile. The Santa Fe—the largest crossover sold in the USA by the brand—has a starting price just above $30,000 and is packed with plenty of features to deserve that price tag.
Additional Model Research: Detailed information on last year’s 2017 Santa Fe trims
What’s New for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe?
Hyundai‘s busy working on other members of its lineup this year, so the 2018 Santa Fe carries over nearly identically from last year. Its counterpart, the Santa Fe Sport, received a new Value Package, but the standard Santa Fe doesn’t see any trim changes. It receives minor interior enhancements to improve its style, having undergone an extensive redesign last year for 2017.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Exterior
The latest Santa Fe bears many of the standard design cues seen in large crossovers, including a tall ground clearance, bold body lines, and bold front fascia, though its rising beltline and tapering roofline give its rear end a raised stance. Hyundai’s new signature hexagonal grille is stretched across the front end, accented on either side by bold LED lights.
The 2018 Santa Fe can be ordered in one of eight different body color options, including Circuit Silver, Java Espresso, and Storm Blue.
Exterior features available on the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
- SE Trim: Premium rear/lower front fascias, Roof rack side and cross rails, Body-color dual power manual-folding side mirrors, Heated side mirrors, Body-color rear spoiler with LED Center High-Mount Stop Light, Rear window wiper/washer, Chrome door handles, Chrome-tipped dual exhaust, Front solar glass and rear privacy glass, Projector headlights with LED accents, Automatic headlight control, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
- SE Ultimate Trim: Side mirror turn-signal indicators, LED fog lights, Proximity Key entry with push button start, Hands-free Liftgate with auto open
- Limited Ultimate Trim: Premium exterior door trim with silver-painted accents, LED taillights
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Performance
All three versions of the Santa Fe—SE, SE Ultimate, and Limited Ultimate—all possess the same 3.3-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with D-CVVT engine paired to standard six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®. This combination gives the Santa Fe performance capability of 290 horsepower, 252 lb-ft of torque, and towing capacity of 5,000 pounds max.
Front-wheel drive is standard but can be optionally upgraded to all-wheel drive for an added price.
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Efficiency
Although the Santa Fe features the same motor package across all three trims, EPA-estimated fuel economy does vary slightly for each trim, with the basic SE package getting slightly better averages than the upgraded versions.
- SE: 18/25 MPG City/Highway (FWD), 18/24 MPG City/Highway (AWD)
- SE Ultimate: 17/23 MPG City/Highway (FWD); 17/22 MPG City/Highway (AWD)
- Limited: 17/23 MPG City/Highway (FWD); 17/22 MPG City/Highway (AWD)
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior
Seating seven passengers (or six, if the second row is upgraded to captain’s chairs), the Santa Fe has a three-row cabin that offers 40.4 inches of legroom in the second row and 53.9 inches of shoulder room in the third row. In total, passenger volume is 146.6 cubic feet (more than enough for the average family) and 13.5 cubic feet of storage space, expandable to 80 cubic feet with both passenger rows folded down.
The seating upholstery can either be beige or grey cloth for the basic SE trim, and beige or grey leather for the SE Ultimate and Limited Ultimate trims, with the latter package also offering an exclusive black leather interior.
Interior features available on the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
- SE Trim: Dual front auto temperature control with CleanAir Ionizer; Rear seat ventilation; YES Essentials stain-resistant cloth; Seven-passenger seating; Eight-way power driver seat with four-way power lumbar support; 40/20/40 split-folding second-row bench seat; Split-folding third-row bench seat; Sliding second-row seats with cargo area releases; Four 12-volt power outlets; Cargo-area underfloor storage; Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; Steering-wheel-mounted audio, cruise, and Bluetooth® controls; Illuminated ignition, Blue Link® Telematics System, Blue Link® Connected Care Package (three years complimentary), Blue Link® Remote Package (three years complimentary), Bluetooth® hands-free phone system, AM/FM/CD/HD Radio™/SiriusXM/MP3 audio with six speakers, HD Radio™ technology with multicasting, SiriusXM activation and subscription (three-month trial), Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™, 7-inch display audio system, Smartphone/USB/AUX input jacks
- SE Ultimate Trim: Panoramic sunroof, Leather seating surfaces, Six-way power front passenger seat with power height adjustment, Integrated Memory System (IMS) for mirrors and driver’s seat, Heated front seats, Heated second-row seats, Ventilated front seats, 115-volt power outlet (cargo area), Heated steering, Third-row USB outlet, Premium door sill plates, Premium wood finish interior trim, Leather-wrapped steering and shift knob, Heated steering wheel, Manual rear side window sunshades, Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink® and compass, Electroluminescent Gauge Cluster with color LCD multi-information display, Blue Link® Guidance Package (three years complimentary), Infinity® Premium Audio with Quantum Logic® Surround and Clari-Fi™ Music Restoration Technology, Eight-inch touchscreen navigation, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Change Assist, Rear parking sensors, Multi-view Camera System
- Limited Ultimate Trim: Six-passenger seating with second row captain’s chairs
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Safety
Although crash and safety test results have not yet been disclosed by the IIHS or the NHTSA for the 2018, we can predict that the results are likely identical to last year’s results, considering the design hasn’t changed. Last year, the 2017 Santa Fe received top “good” ratings in all five categories by the IIHS, making it a Top Safety Pick+, and it received top stars in all but one category by the NHTSA, still earning it a 5-star overall designation.
Standard Safety Features on the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe
- Rearview Camera
- Vehicle Stability Management
- Electronic Stability Control
- Traction Control System
- Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist
- Downhill Brake Control
- Hillstart Assist Control
- Advanced airbag system (SRS)
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (independent tire monitor)
- Energy-absorbing steering column
- Front seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters
- Second-row LATCH (anchors for child safety seats)
- Power window lock-out
- Front and rear crumple zones
- Remote keyless entry with alarm
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